VOLGOGRAD, January 02, /ITAR-TASS/. Policeman who stopped a suicide bomber at the entrance to the central railway station in the southern Russian city of Volgograd Sunday and died himself in the resultant explosion of the bomb the terrorist set off will be buried here Thursday.
Police Sergeant Dmitry Makovkin has been awarded the Order of Courage posthumously. He will be buried in the city’s Dmitrovsky Cemetery.
His mother, brother, and other relatives are expected to come to Volgograd for the funeral. The regional Governor, Sergei Bazhenov is going to meet with them and to express his personal condolences to them, the press service of the regional government said in a report.
Dmitry Makovkin was born in 1984 in a small village in the neighboring region of Kalmykia. In 2004, he graduated from a college of technologies in Volgograd and was drafted to the Armed Forces.
He joined the police force in Volgograd upon demobilization from the Army and transferred to the department of transport police at the beginning of 2013. Regional Interior officials described Dmitry as an exemplary policeman who had received ten commendations from the commanders of the police force over nine years of service.
Tuesday, December 31, residents of Volgograd paid last tributes to Sergei Nalivaiko, a worker of the state railway corporation RZD who worked at the railway station’s post for inspection of carryon and luggage and also tried to stop the same terrorist.
Officials have said on a number of occasions since Sunday that the death toll would have been far bigger had Makovkin and Nalivaiko failed to stop the suicide bomber at the entrance to the waiting lounge on the station’s ground floor, which was crowded at the moment as many people were awaiting delayed trains.
Sunday and Monday, Volgograd became the scene of two acts of suicide bombing, the second being an explosion in a trolleybus full of students going to their colleges. The two explosions took away a total of 34 human lives and left about a hundred people wounded.
Of the latter number, 46 people are getting medical treatment at hospitals in Volgograd and eighteen people have been airlifted to Moscow.